Fashion Over Reason

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Rent the Runway Unlimited

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Wow, what a weird time we're living in.

We're currently in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, NYC is on lockdown, and no one's got a clue as to when this will all end. While social distancing (and maybe already or soon to be shelter-in-place, depending on where you're located) is the new reality, technology's been really doing us a solid by helping us stay connected to our geographically-distant loved ones. And if there's one thing this has taught us so far is that social media can truly be used for good: people from all walks rallying to stay connected and to spread the word on how we can lend a hand to all kinds of critical situations, celebrities filming live performances or engaging their fans, influencers linking up to broadcast video chats to offer support and/or comic relief. Even if we're quarantined, it's clear that we're not alone.

All this heaviness can get us down, so let's keep our spirits up, shall we? And I think this should get our minds off the doom for a moment: the incredible service that is Rent the Runway.

I've been using their Unlimited service for about two months and I'm kicking myself for not getting on board sooner. The general belief is that Rent the Runway only services occasion wear, but that is a false assumption. They actually carry a plethora of ready-to-wear, including extremely cool contemporary brands that most of us can't afford to shop from (think Nanushka, Ganni, or Khaite). This means you can basically have a constant rotation of covetable designer pieces at a tiny fraction of the actual cost. If you really love an item, they also give you the option to buy it at a low price. It is THE BOMB.

Case in point: this entire outfit is from Rent the Runway, the top by Le Superbe and shorts by 3.1 Phillip Lim (got many compliments I almost bought em tbh).

If you wanna try the Rent the Runway Unlimited service, use my code HELENERTR to get $100 off your first month. You will have no regrets, trust. (And they've got tons of elevated comfy clothes for your work-from-home needs as this pandemic passes...)

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Jenni Kayne Springtime Basics

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Name a more classic garment than a trench coat. I'll wait.

It's a basic everyone needs in their wardrobe and here's why. It's chic and elegant but can also be dressed down, it's appropriate in either sunny or rainy weather, it looks great both oversized or tailored, plus it's a layering essential during transitional weather. The possibilities are truly limitless.

But it can become even better when there's a little twist. Exhibit A: this Jenni Kayne raincoat, which has a removable hood and a more streamlined front than a traditional trench. It strikes the perfect balance between solid and tailored as well as effortless and slouchy. It's gonna take me all the way into late spring.

The second Jenni Kayne piece I want to introduce you to is this gorgeous cotton fisherman knit, which is heavy enough to take me into spring but light enough for when it starts warming up. The cut is easy and beautiful, and it's the type of basic everyone needs in their wardrobe.

I'm also still sporting this killer Jenni Kayne bucket bag, which we were introduced to back in November, and is probably one of the pieces I get the most compliments on. It's a gorgeous everyday bag that fits a Macbook Air, need I say more.

As you know, I am a Jenni Kayne Ambassador, and know that you can always get 20% off your order with my code: Helene20

Get the raincoat here.
Get the fisherman knit here.
Get the bucket bag here.


*Photos by Yael Steren*

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Get the raincoat here.
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Get the bucket bag here.
Get 20% off your order with my code: Helene20.
The sunglasses are the Warby Parker Beale frames and the boots are Stuart Weitzman.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Jenni Kayne Eco Wear

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As if I didn't love Jenni Kayne enough, they went ahead and make these perfect pieces, made for life but also for lounging. Plus the sweatpants are made of recycled fibers, truly the way to my heart. I rush to put these comfy eco sweatpants on every time I get home (tbh I've also ran many an errand in them).

But this boucle half-zip might be my favorite piece of the season. Super soft and luxe-feeling, but above all so versatile and the ideal layering piece during the cold winter months.

For lack of a better term, I am obsessed.

*As a reminder, I am a Jenni Kayne ambassador, and you can always get 20% off your order with code Helene20.

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Wearing the Zodiac

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I'm a total astrology enthusiast. I'm fascinated by how the zodiac is quite often right on the nose when defining people's personalities, especially when digging deeper into rising and moon signs.

I personally very much associate to all of my star signs—taurus sun, scorpio rising, capricorn moon—and will take any occasion I can to discuss horoscopes and charts, both my own and those of others. I probably follow too many astrology meme accounts on Instagram and sometimes will judge one's behavior (including my own) based on their sign (sorry not sorry).

All this to say that when I found this gorge blouse with illustrations of all the zodiac signs at Sézane, I snatched it right up and wasted no time putting together a muted yet loud getup that reveals my own astrological identity: simple and luxe (taurus), statement-making and enigmatic (scorpio), and profesh, big biz vibes (capricorn).



***Photographed by Phoebe Cheong***


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Sézane pants
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Bembien bag
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Monday, November 18, 2019

Jenni Kayne's Essentials

Jenni Kayne Atlas Sweater, Jenni Kayne Bucket bag, Helene Heath

I'm going strong with all the beautiful Jenni Kayne piece I've received from the brand since the fall (see September and October) and I continue to be so happy to be an ambassador and represent her beautiful, luxe, easy living basics.

This month is all about cozy essentials and this beauty of an emerald knit is as wonderful as it gets. Not only is the color super rich and apropos for the season, but the fit and texture is everything I want on my body when the cold months hit.

Now about this gorge bucket bag. It's the ideal size and fits my life (aka what I carry around with me every day) in the chicest, sleekest way.

As always, get 20% off your Jenni Kayne order with my code: Helene20

Shop the sweater!
Shop the bag!

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Clean Beauty at CVS

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This post is in partnership with CVS because they're looking to bring awareness to something that is near and dear to my personal values and convictions: clean beauty.

If you follow me on Instagram (you should, it's fun there!), then you're well aware of my proclivities for skincare, particularly my holistic approach and the importance I award to clean beauty products. I'm admittedly kind of a beauty snob knowing that too many big companies fail us on the ingredient front.

I try to be very mindful of what products I use and what's in them, along with which brands I endorse and what their practices are.

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I know that clean beauty can seem daunting, unattainable, or even sometimes elitist. Most of the category sits at a higher price point, which is really unfair to consumers. It's crazy to me that not everyone can access high-quality skincare that's free of certain chemicals.

This is where CVS comes in—it's my local pharmacy btw, I go in there about once a week to pick things up, it's truly the best. And I love them even more now that I know how committed they are to making clean beauty accessible to everyone by carrying a huge range of brands with skincare lines that you can feel good about putting on your largest organ (your skin) every single day.

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I'm also incredibly pleased to let you know that CVS has pledged to remove parabens and phthalates from hundreds of store brand beauty and personal care products by 2020. How's that for monumental?

In the meantime, look for the green clean sticker on the CVS Health and Beauty 360 products that says "Paraben and Phthalate Free" to ensure you're getting the good stuff, and keep reading to see some of my personal favorites.

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The Burt's Bees products are always standouts, here we have the cuticle wax ('tis the season! It's also great for dry elbows btw) and the cleansing oil. I loveeee cleansing oils.

The Pixi Glow Tonic is also an all-time fav. It didn't get its cult status for nothing—this guy is a real superstar. It's an acid exfoliant that will clear your skin and straight up make you glow.

The Thayers Witch Hazel is another amazing cult classic — a super soothing toner with healing properties.

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Now for maybe my favorite category — masks. CVS has a ton of clean options for individual sheet masks that are totally clutch for traveling.

Below I have the Beauty 360 Purifying Grapefruit & Charcoal mask and the Beauty 360 Plumping mask, which are both fantastic.

Also awesome for travel are the Beauty 360 Cleansing Towelettes and the Charcoal Pore Strips (perhaps the most satisfying skincare item, like, ever).

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There are so many awesome clean beauty options at CVS, all at an accessible price point and for a range of solutions. It makes me so happy to finally see this category being democratized — anyone can now have access to products that are free from these chemicals..

Time to take a field trip to CVS :)

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